Lighthouse – Lighthouse

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Artist: Lighthouse
Genre: Progressive rock, funk, rock, jazz fusion, pop, groove, psychedelic
Title: Lighthouse
Released: 1969
Label:RCA
Format: Vinyl
Musicians: Skip Prokop / vocals, drums, leader, Paul Hoffert / keyboards, vibes
Ralph Cole / guitar, vocals, Grant Fullerton / bass, vocals, Pinky Dauvin / percussion, vocals, Ian Guenther / violin, Don Dinovo / violin, viola, Don Whitton / cello, Leslie Schneider / cello, Freddy Stone / trumpet, flugelhorn, Howard Shore / alto saxophone
Russ Little / trombone, Arnie Chycoski / trumpet, flugelhorn (uncredited)
Producer:Skip Prokop, Paul Hoffert
Arranger: Paul Hoffert, Freddy Stone

Lighthouse was formed in 1968 in Toronto by vocalist/drummer Skip Prokop (formerly of the Paupers) and keyboardist Paul Hoffert. The two met by coincidence on a flight from New York City to Toronto, and discussed forming a band structured around a rock rhythm section, jazz horn section, and classical string section. Prokop had admired Ralph Cole’s playing when they shared the bill at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, so he brought him to Toronto to be the band’s guitarist. Prokop and Hoffert assembled the rest of the group from friends, studio session musicians, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra members, and proceeded to make a demo recording. On the advice of Richie Havens, Prokop and Hoffert took the demo to MGM Records in New York, who signed the band. Two days later they had a manager, Vinnie Fusco, out of Albert Grossman’s office, who overturned the MGM contract and made a deal with RCA Victor. Lighthouse made its debut on May 14, 1969, at the Rock Pile in Toronto.
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Whipped Cream – & Other Delights

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Artist: Whipped Cream
Title: & Other Delights
Original Released: 1990
My copy released: 1993
Label: Dali
Format: CD
Musicians: Elisabeth Punzi (vocals), Jörgen Cremonese (vocals, guitars), Jonas Sonesson (bass), and Lars Erik Grimelund (drums)
Producer: Ilbert

Whipped Cream was a rock band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1989. Their style is Alternative, Psychedelic and Post rock.
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Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies


Artist: Spiritualized
Genre: Space-rock/Shoegaze/Psychedelic
Title: Lazer Guided Melodies
Released:1992
Label: Dedicated/BMG
Format: CD
Musicians:Jason Pierce – guitar (Fender Telecaster, Eko Rocket, acoustic guitar), dulcimer, autoharp, piano, vocals, Kate Radley – keyboards (Vox Continental, Farfisa, piano), vocals, Mark Refoy – guitar (Gretsch Country Gent, Epiphone Casino, Fender Telecaster), acoustic guitar, dulcimer, Will Carruthers – bass (Gibson Thunderbird)
Jonny Mattock – drums, percussion, dulcimer, Simon Clarke – flute, Roddy Lorimer – trumpet, Will Gregory – saxophone, Colin Humphries – cello, Martin Robinson – cello, Owen John – violin
Production, mixing – Jason Pierce
Mixing – Barry Clempson
Engineering – Angus Wallace, Barry, Clempson, Declan O’Regan, Mike Long, Paul Adkins
Mastering Engineer = Chris Blair

Spiritualized are an English space rock band. They formed in 1990 in Rugby, Warwickshire by Jason Pierce (often known as J. Spaceman), formerly of Spacemen 3. The membership of Spiritualized has changed from album to album, with Pierce—who writes, composes and sings all of the band’s material—being the only constant member. Continue reading